Western & Southern Open News: MORNING BRIEFING: Wednesday August 17

WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN – WEDNESDAY, AUG. 17, 2022

Draw Updates:

-Amanda Anisimova has been forced to withdraw from her second round match due to a left ankle injury. Shelby Rogers receives a walkover in the women’s draw.

-Pablo Carreno Busta / Carlos Alcaraz have withdrawn from men’s doubles. The spot will be taken by an alternate team.

-Coco Gauff / Jessica Pegula have withdrawn from the doubles and will be replaced by Ekaterina Alexandrova / Aliaksandra Samsonova

Three Things to Know

1) Battle of Grand Slam major champions

Three women’s matches on Wednesday pit Grand Slam major winners against each other: Victoria Azarenka vs. Emma Raducanu, Iga Swiatek vs. Sloane Stephens and Elena Rybakina vs. Garbine Muguruza. Azarenka and Muguruza are past champions in Cincinnati.

2) Battle of Countrymen

The men feature two matches with countrymen facing off: Great Britain’s Andy Murray vs. Cameron Norrie and Americans Sebastian Korda vs. Frances Tiafoe. Murray is a two-time Western & Southern Open champion.

3) Battle of Doubles Partners

John Isner and Hubert Hurkacz teamed up in doubles but fell in the first round. But one of them is guaranteed to reach the third round in singles since they play each other.

Nadal Against the Field

Second seed Rafael Nadal plays his first match in five years in Cincinnati on Wednesday. He has won 22 Grand Slam major titles, including two this year. To put that in context, the rest of the field playing Wednesday has won a total of 17.

Home Court Advantage

Wild card Caty McNally of Cincinnati faces fifth-seed Ons Jabeur. Jabeur has won their two previous meetings, but they have not been in Cincinnati with McNally’s hometown crowd behind her. 

WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2022

CENTER COURT start 11:00 AM

ATP – Andy Murray vs [9] Cameron Norrie 

Not Before 1:00 PM

WTA – Victoria Azarenka vs Emma Raducanu 

ATP – [11] Taylor Fritz vs Nick Kyrgios 

Night Session – not before 7:00 PM

ATP – Borna Coric vs [2] Rafael Nadal 

Not Before 8:30 PM

WTA – [3] Paula Badosa vs [Q] Ajla Tomljanovic

GRAND STAND start 11:00 AM

WTA – [WC] Caty McNally vs [5] Ons Jabeur

ATP – Tommy Paul vs Denis Shapovalov

Not Before 3:00 PM

WTA – [1] Iga Swiatek vs [WC] Sloane Stephens

Night session – not before 7:00 PM

WTA – [6] Aryna Sabalenka vs [Q] Anna Kalinskaya

ATP – Frances Tiafoe vs [WC] Sebastian Korda 

STADIUM 3 start 11:00 AM

ATP – [7] Felix Auger-Aliassime vs Alex de Minaur 

ATP – John Isner vs [8] Hubert Hurkacz 

ATP – [4] Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Filip Krajinovic

Not Before 5:00 PM

WTA – Madison Keys vs Jelena Ostapenko

WTA – Veronika Kudermetova vs Simona Halep

PORSCHE COURT start 11:00 AM

WTA – Sorana Cirstea vs Petra Kvitova 

WTA – [7] Jessica Pegula vs [Q] Marta Kostyuk

ATP – [5] Casper Ruud vs [WC] Ben Shelton 

ATP – [15] Roberto Bautista Agut vs [Q] Marcos Giron 

After rest 

ATP – [WC] Holger Rune / Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Rafael Matos / David Vega Hernandez

COURT 4 start 11:00 AM

ATP – [LL] Fabio Fognini vs [6] Andrey Rublev 

ATP – Miomir Kecmanovic vs [10] Jannik Sinner 

WTA – Elena Rybakina vs [8] Garbine Muguruza

ATP – Karen Khachanov / Denis Shapovalov vs Jamie Murray / Bruno Soares 

COURT 7 start 11:00 AM

WTA – Ekaterina Alexandrova vs Shuai Zhang

Not Before 12:30 PM

WTA – [Q] Marie Bouzkova vs Alison Riske-Amritraj

WTA – [14] Karolina Pliskova vs Elise Mertens

WTA – [WC] Jessie Aney / Ingrid Neel vs Ekaterina Alexandrova / Aliaksandra Samsonova

After Suitable Rest

WTA – Lucie Hradecka / Sania Mirza vs Emma Raducanu / Elena Rybakina

COURT 8 start 11:00 AM

WTA – Irina-Camelia Begu / Martina Trevisan vs [5] Gabriela Dabrowski / Giuliana Olmos

WTA – Nicole Melichar-Martinez / Ellen Perez (AUS) vs [2] Barbora Krejcikova / Katerina Siniakova

After Suitable Rest

WTA – [8] Yifan Xu / Zhaoxuan Yang vs Victoria Azarenka / Ons Jabeur

WTA – [6] Desirae Krawczyk / Demi Schuurs vs Anett Kontaveit / Sloane Stephens

After Suitable Rest

WTA – Latisha Chan / Samantha Stosur vs Anna Danilina / Beatriz Haddad Maia

Court and time TBA

ATP – [6] Tim Puetz / Michael Venus vs Francisco Cerundolo / Diego Schwartzman

COURT 11 start 2:00 PM

ATP – Alternate team vs Santiago Gonzalez / Edouard Roger-Vasselin 

After suitable rest

ATP – Kevin Krawietz / Andreas Mies vs Alex de Minaur / Cameron Norrie 

Court and time TBA

ATP – Grigor Dimitrov / Andrey Rublev vs Daniel Evans / John Peers

RESULTS – TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2022

WOMEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND

WTA – (10) Emma Raducanu def. Serena Williams 6-4, 6-0

WTA – (Q) Marie Bouzkova def. (11) Coco Gauff 7-5, 1-0, ret.

WTA – Sorana Cirstea def. (12) Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-4 

WTA – (14) Karolina Pliskova def. (WC) Venus Williams 7-5, 6-1

WTA – (15) Simona Halep def. (LL) Anastasia Potapova 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 

WTA – 16) Jelena Ostapenko def. Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-4, 6-4 

WTA – Shuai Zhang def. Naomi Osaka 6-4, 7-5 

WTA – (WC) Shelby Rogers def. (WC) Sofia Kenin 6-2, 6-1

WTA – (Q) Marta Kostyuk def. Camila Giorgi 6-4, 5-7, 6-4

WTA – Elise Mertens def. (Q) Anhelina Kalinina 6-1, 6-1 

WTA – (Q) Anna Kalinskaya def. Martina Trevisan 7-6(2), 7-5

WTA – Madison Keys def. Yulia Putintseva 7-5, 6-3

WOMEN’S SINGLES – SECOND ROUND

WTA – (2) Anett Kontaveit def. (Q) Tereza Martincova 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 

WTA – (Q) Caroline Garcia def. (4) Maria Sakkari 7-6(2), 6-7(6), 6-1

WOMEN’S DOUBLES – FIRST ROUND

WTA – (5) Gabriela Dabrowski/Giuliana Olmos def. Aliza Cornet/Jil Teichmann 5-7, 6-4, (10-7) 

WTA – (WC) Jessie Aney/Ingrid Neel def. Alexa Guarachi/Andreja Klepac 6-1, 4-6, (11-9) 

WTA – Victoria Azarenka/Ons Jabeur def. Shuko Aoyama/Hao-Ching Chan 6-3, 6-3

WTA – Nicole Melichar-Martinez/Ellen Perez vs. (WC) Caty McNally/Taylor Townsend 6-0, 3-6, (10-1)

WTA – Anett Kontaveit/Sloane Stephens def. Caroline Dolehide/Storm Sanders 6-2, 3-6, (10-8)

WOMEN’S DOUBLES – SECOND ROUND

WTA – (1) Veronika Kudermetova/Elise Mertens def. Maria Bouzkova/Laura Siegemund 7-6(6), 7-6(4)

MEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND

ATP – (10) Jannik Sinner def. (Q) Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-7(9), 6-4, 7-6(6)

ATP – (11) Taylor Fritz def. Sebastian Baez 6-1, 6-1

ATP – Nick Kyrgios def. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 7-5, 6-4

ATP – Tommy Paul def. Jenson Brooksby 6-3, 6-2

ATP – (LL) Fabio Fognini def. Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-2, 6-3

ATP – Miomir Kecmanovic def. Pablo Carreno Busta 1-6, 7-5, 7-6(4)

ATP – (WC) Ben Shelton def. (Q) Lorenzo Sonego 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-5

ATP – Filip Krajinovic def. Daniel Evans 6-3, 6-4

ATP – Borna Coric vs. (Q) Lorenzo Musetti 7-6(2), 6-3

ATP – Alex de Minaur def. (Q) Henri Laaksonen 6-2, 6-2

MEN’S SINGLES – SECOND ROUND

ATP – (1) Daniil Medvedev def. Botic van de Zandschulp 6-4, 7-5

ATP – (3) Carlos Alcaraz def. (WC) Mackenzie McDonald 6-3, 6-2 

ATP –  (13) Diego Schwartzman def. Aslan Karatsev 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-2 

ATP – (14) Marin Cilic def. Emil Ruusuvuori 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-5

MEN’S DOUBLES – FIRST ROUND

ATP – (5) Nikola Mektic/Mate Pavic def. Lukasz Kubot/Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 6-4

ATP – Kevin Krawietz/Andreas Mies def. Hubert Hurkacz/John Isner 6-4, 7-6(0)

ATP – (WC) William Blumberg/Steve Johnson def. Matthew Ebden/Max Purcell 7-5, 3-6, (10-6)

ATP – Lloyd Glasspool/Harri Heliovaara def. (WC) Tommy Paul/Frances Tiafoe 4-6, 6-3, (10-8)

COURTESY WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN

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